Friday Wrap #149: Foursquare for sale, GE on TV, a hologram protest, brand emojis, fake reviews

Friday Wrap 149
Flickr photo courtesy of Michael Coghlan

The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Will Yahoo buy Foursquare?—The rumor mill says Yahoo, which has been pivoting to mobile in a big way, could offer $900 million to acquire the geolocation app. Read more

GE is producing a… Read More »

Six better ways to get customer stories than yet another a “tell us your story” campaign

AFHE Tell Us Your Story campaignCustomer stories are the best.

That was the message from marketing executives at a recent Ad Age Digital Conference. Adobe’s chief marketing officer, Ann Lewnes, for example, said, “Brand love leads to story making. The ability to get [consumers] to participate is so much easier than ever before.”

While there are great ways to find those customer stories, the easiest (or laziest) seems to be launching a campaign that invites customers to share theirs, like the Arizona Families for Home Education did (at left). So routine has the “tell us your story” campaign become that there’s now a Tumblr blog dedicated to the concept. Tell Us Your… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #803: April 13, 2015

FIRCollaborate/London workshop with Igloo Software on April 16;

Quick News: US Postal Service could find new business using augmented reality glasses, where to find and create your own animated GIFs, traveling employees embrace Uber and AirBnB, the Wall Street Journal’s approach to native advertising; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop;

News That Fits: How to run a successful blogger relations programme; Dan York’s Tech Report: Friendfeed really did shut down on April 9, Twitter ends its partnership with Datasift, and more; if leaders don’t use the internal social network, nobody will; listener comments in audio and in the… Read More »

Friday Wrap #148: Teens on Facebook, easier retweeting, skills training on LinkedIn

Friday Wrap 148
Flickr photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore
The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap estories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

About those teens fleeing Facebook…—Facebook continues to be the number-one social network among teens, according to new research from the Pew Research Center. Seventy-one percent of all teens… Read More »

Why can’t companies use podcasting for issues advocacy?

PodcastingYou can’t talk about podcasting these days without someone bringing Serial into the conversation. The first season of the 12-episode true crime series was downloaded 68 million times as of early February, according to a CBS News report.

The podcast, featuring host Sarah Koenig’s distinct narration, has become a cultural touchstone, parodied on Saturday Night Live; brands of all kinds have tried riding Serial’s coattails, from Best Buy (one of its retail outlets figures prominently in the story, though its tweet was criticized and the electronics chain wound up apologlzing for it) to Sesame Street.

Serial led to an Innocence Project… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #802: April 6, 2015

FIRThanks to Ragan Communications for their almost 8 years of sponsoring FIR; Gini Dietrich is guest co-host with Shel on the May 4 show while Neville is in Boston;

Quick News: Collaborate/London intranet workshop from Igloo Software on April 16, alarming declines in social media among Inc 500, good advice in BBC’s updated social media guidelines, companies just aren’t listening to what reporters want from their online newsrooms; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop;

News That Fits: Does it make sense to do online Q&As on Reddit, Twitter, etc?; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report: Gushcloud controversy and smear campaigns conducted… Read More »

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